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Meet Tiffany Hunsaker of Tap Truck Houston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Hunsaker.

Tiffany, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
They say during childhood is where you find your truest dreams of what you want to be when you grow up. I think whoever came up with that was referring to children dreams of becoming an underwater ballerina or a professional ball player but in this case, it remains true for me. I love a great party, who doesn’t? Instead of spending time enjoying being a guest at the party, as a kid I was watching the host, the planner or the back of the house effortlessly ensure every guest had the best experience. I could spend hours planning every tiny details for my three brothers and four sisters’ birthday parties. As a child we moved a lot throughout the pacific northwest and I didn’t have opportunity to make many friends, I would plan events (many times without permission, surprise mom…) and invite the block so I could have the opportunity to meet new friends and of course I got the fun of the planning.

I began planning my friend’s parties and throwing parties for no reason other than I just wanted to plan one. I knew that was my calling, that is what I wanted to do when I grew up.

I set out to achieve my goals. I received a degree from Boise State University while spending time watching a variety of bartenders In various locations… (it was of course solely for educations and career purposes)..then I jumped in with both feet and began my career focus in marketing and sales helping small businesses find success and growth. My company moved me all over the US from small city to large city, and every town in between. I eventually found my forever home in Houston, Texas. I loved it here the moment I stepped out of my car after the long three day drive from Portland Oregon, I knew this is where I belonged. Texas is perfect!! Who would love it here, the weather, the variety of climate, terrain, and people, and the pride of the Texans. I planned to never leave this state.

I began pursuing this dream early 2016. I knew I was ready to develop and market my own unique business ideas. I was finding my own way, I was changing and stepping out on that ledge alone. I was already going through a divorce, learning to survive on half my normal income, diving headfirst into becoming a single mom, while working my 40 hours a week in corporate America. I was following my destiny and becoming ME, I was motivated and determined to somehow, someway start and grow my own business.

A full-time mother and successful entrepreneurs while working to stay afloat… seemed like as good as time as any, right?

I am a lucky mom of two young ladies Charly 11, and Taylor 8, who love to watch and help me with Tap Truck.

Charly is helping to restore an antique single stall horse trailer that will share the Tap Truck theme, including 4 tap handles that guests can pull to flavor their fresh made snow cones. She researched and came up with the idea on her own of Tap Truck Tag-A- long.

Taylor loves to find out what liquids she can “put on tap” .Taylor bragged to her eight years old friends after a sleepover that “my mom can put anything in her truck” doubting friends; “nawhu, not everything, she can’t put milk in the truck.” I hear this conversation and wanted to blow the mind of the doubting eight years old. I snuck out to garage, filled up some milk in a corny keg, turned on the co2, and went inside to fill up four cereal bowls. I sent the girls to garage to get milk and while Taylor pulled that tap handle and her eyes lit up with extreme pride, I knew besides winning the mom of the year award, I also took owned the theme of “I’d Tap That”!

We have had errors and successes and lots of fun with Tap Truck, it’s giving us more family time while growing the business together. We are even learning minor repairs like carburetors, solenoid, and fuel lines which leads to our dinner conversations to be mostly around schoolwork, motor parts and the occasional 6th grader drama. I know I couldn’t have made better choices for our lives and futures. While it took years to begin Tap Truck Houston, my love for meeting new people, and the honor of sharing in lives most memorable events is making Tap Truck Houston one of my biggest achievements. Watching the happiness and excitement that Tap Truck Houston brings to all the festivals, birthdays, weddings, corporate & special events, to the locals has created another joy in my life.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a challenge, to say the least. I have never started a business or been the boss of one. I had no idea what I was doing (I still don’t half the time). I started it, began marketing it and before I knew it …. bam it was on fire! I quit my day job and focused only on my new business. Well money quickly ran out, I wasn’t pricing right and no mentors or financial backing to rely on. I lost my new truck that I purchased to help tow my truck, I lost my office space, my kids were kicked off select softball and volleyball teams for nonpayments and I owed everyone money. I was at a crossroads, quit the new business before I really get started or find solution and keep pushing. I chose to keep pushing, its like a running a marathon.. my body is very tired at mile 18, but if I quit now I will Have wasted three last 18 miles, but if I push through the next 8 miles I will achieve my goals and my hard work and sacrifice will all be worth it.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Tap Truck Houston – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I create an experience! Tap Truck Houston is not just a mobile bar… we are A part of history. Each of my trucks a story. The brown 1955 F100 Ford (Carmen) was a Vietnam soldiers first kiss as he asked his true love to wait for him. My Maroon 1953 Ford Panel (Ruby) was the first car ever purchased as a newlywed couple, they held hands as they drove it to the hospital to give birth to their first child. We are creating memories with Tap Truck. Houston. We are adding the old and the new and celebrating life’s greatest moments over a toast and beautiful classic American made history

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Houston, I love the diversity and the history. I love that you can see the ocean, a hustling downtown with skyscrapers and the quiet countryside all within a short distance. I love sitting in traffic with 10,000 of my closest friends as we all think about what’s for dinner and I love the foodie experience in Houston. Never a dull moment, the people are all a community and we love our city. There is no other place quite like Texas!

Pricing:

  • $200 hour truck rental

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